“Slow down to go fast. In other words: you want big results? Good—then do the little things. Just do them consistently and persistently!” – The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
That’s exactly what I did with these brows to get them to grow in, the little things.
The book, The Slight Edge, was nothing short of amazing. It's all about doing the thing, doing the small thing, and doing the small thing consistently. These small things compounded over time are bountiful.
This philosophy of the slight edge, is what I had been using to grow in my eyebrows all of this time. I just didn't use the term "slight edge". While there is no mention of eyebrows anywhere in the book, the logic it advocates can be applied to anything. So happy to have come across it, awesome read. In upcoming posts wherever it's make sense, I’ll share other jewels from the book and how I’m applying them beyond the brows.
About a year and some months ago I stopped doing anything to my eyebrows, they were thin for a long time and I wanted them to be thicker. I wanted the hairs I'd been manipulating for years to grow back in. So no more waxing, threading, tweezing, shaving.. NADA!
At first it was difficult resisting the urge to clean them up a little here and there but eventually I stopped doing anything to them. I didn’t worry much about the randoms and strays that would grow sporadically, the excitement about potentially fuller brows started to outweigh those concerns.
“RESEARCH” & ROUTINE
I did some googling on how to get fuller brows.. what I found most often was/is the following:
Use pencil to fill-in
Use a serum or an oil (castor oil popped up a lot) to promote growth
Massage the hair follicles to stimulate growth
I did all of the above, the latter having the most impact I think. Every night (might have missed only a few) for the last year or so I did/do the following:
1) Massage into my brows for 1-2 minutes a fingertip worth of castor oil, with my head slightly tilted back. Yes head tilted back, extra I know.
I came across an article online about the inversion method for hair growth. If you’re not familiar it’s a practice where you flip your head over and massage your scalp. It’s supposed the get the blood circulating and promote hair growth (on your scalp). I thought it might work for eyebrows too. The jury is still on the validity of this practice. Clearly I was trying REAL HARD.
And that’s it! That's what I’ve been doing. If it sounds a little obsessive it doesn't feel that way, just made it a part of my nightly routine and it takes fewer than 3 minutes.
WONDERS OF A LIL MAKEUP
During the growth waiting phase, a long phase for some (me).. to make the brows look fuller and to give a little shape without tweezing or anything I used pencil. I still use pencil to do both of those things, but use less and find it easier to manipulate a more natural look, even if the brow hasn’t fully grown back in.
My favorite eyebrow pencil is Precisely My Brow by Benefit Cosmetics.
"..it can take anywhere between six months to a year for full re-growth" Sania Vucetaj, founder of Sania’s Brow Bar in New York City.*
SLOWLY but surely they’re growing in. Where there were no signs of hair for years there is growth. I’m in awe everyday of the progress, of the slight edge at work.
“The important point is to start on the path and to remember that no matter what has gone on before, you can begin fresh and new anytime you choose. You can start with a clean slate.” – The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Honestly though, I’m just grateful. They could stop growing in now and I’d be super appreciative of how far they’ve come, I’ve come. Am I REALLY talking about eyebrows right now….EYEBROWS?… Yup! Because it’s the little things.
* Source “Do Eyebrows Grow Back When You've Over-plucked?” goodhousekeeping.com
** Source: “A Tuesday in the Life of a Flourisher: The Role of Positive Emotional Reactivity in Optimal Mental Health”